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Weather service details six tornados

Xavier Smith • Mar 6, 2017 at 3:25 PM

The National Weather Service has updated its results from last week’s Middle Tennessee tornado count to six from the previously suspected three.

The three additional tornados include Smith County and two portions of Putnam County. All were categorized as EF-1.

The National Weather Service preliminary report also showed three other EF-1 tornados in Williamson County just northwest of Franklin, southeastern Davidson County and western Rutherford County and Watertown.

The Smith County tornado rivaled Watertown in terms of destruction. The service determined the tornado touched down southwest of Hickman just north of Potter Road.  The tornado stayed down for approximately 3.67 miles and reached wind speeds of about 110 mph.

The tornado destroyed a 1930s era home that was being used as a storage building and a barn, while it caused damage to three homes. Several trees were uprooted due to the tornado.

The Antioch and LaVergne tornado hit the Four Corners Marina around 7:17 a.m. and caused extensive damage to docks, boats and shelters.

According to the agency, a high-end EF-1 tornado touched down just west of Watertown at around 7:40 a.m. and moved northeast across the northern portion of town. The agency reported winds up to 110 mph and the path’s distance of about six miles.

The 300-yard-wide tornado was on the ground for about seven minutes and caused the most significant damage to a home on South Commerce Road. The home’s garage, which was reportedly not appropriately attached to the foundation, sustained the most damage.

In addition, the winds snapped two Tennessee Valley Authority high-transmission wooden power poles. Several other homes sustained minor roof and tree damage, and one greenhouse was destroyed, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists also reported a large swath of 75-80-mph straight-line winds observed south of the tornado track along Highway 70, which they believe were rear flank downdrift winds from the storm.

Similar winds were reported in Macon, Sumner and Dickson counties. 

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